‘I didn’t know danger was floating behind us on the breeze as we walked along the beach, seeping in through the windows of our picture postcard life.’
The year is 2024. A new social networking site bursts onto the scene. Private Life promises total privacy, with freebies and financial incentives for all. Across the world, a record number of users sign up.
A deadly virus is discovered in a little known African province, and it’s spreading—fast. The UK announces a countrywide vaccination programme. Members of underground group Unicorn believe the disease to be man-made, and that the people are being fed lies driven by a vast conspiracy.
Vicky Keating’s boyfriend, Dex, is working for Unicorn over two hundred miles away when the first UK outbreak is detected in her home town of Shipden, on the Norfolk coast. The town is placed under military controlled quarantine and, despite official assurances that there is no need for panic, within days the virus is unstoppable.
In London, Travis begins to question the nature of the top secret data analysis project he is working on, while in Newcastle there are scores to be settled…
This is the first book in the Project Renova series; the second, Lindisfarne, is due to be published in September 2017, with the final instalment in the middle of 2018. A collection of outtake short stories, Patient Zero, is in progress, and should be available around December 2017.
Tipping Point is a dystopian post-apocalyptic novel set only a couple of years in the future. Centred around a virus which rips through the country and how social media plays a huge part in not only the fear-mongering but data gathering for targeting those who will be chosen to be saved and those who will be picked off.
This is a terrifyingly real account told from the point of view of Vicky, Mum of teenager Lottie, and partner to Dex. Vicky tells us about her life as it is just days before the outbreak then guides us through what happens as things escalate, through to her and Lottie travelling to try and find Dex, who at the time of the outbreak is with the anti-establishment group Unicorn, plotting a rebellion.
I found the elements in the book around social media accurate, and terrifying in equal measures. The algorithms in place now can do all of the things Terry Tyler has talked about here and people’s willingness to overshare (I count myself in this) and offer information to the ether that can be used against them is a scary place to be. Seeing how it could be used, almost gave me nightmares.
The relationship between Vicky and Lottie is beautiful, such a great teen / Mum relationship and I loved that there were times when Lottie came across as the adult and stronger more capable person. I also felt like Vicky really struggled with Dex not being around and with the potential reasons for his not being around and each time she gained more information it became a harder pill to swallow. Lottie seemed to find it easier to just move on and wanted her Mum to do the same.
Overall, this is a devastating and strong novel. It’s very character focused and you fly through the pages learning about the devastating effects of this virus on the cast of very down to earth characters. I very much look forward to book two in this series to see how these characters develop and cope with their situation further.
A huge thanks to Terry Tyler for the eARC of this novel. These views are my honest opinion.
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Title: Tipping Point
Series: Project Renova #1
Author: Terry Tyler
Genre: Dystopia | Post-Apocalyptic
Publication Date: 5 August 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
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